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UKHospitality welcomes support for sector in 2020

17 December 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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The UK’s hospitality sector is now best-placed for support in 2020, following a series of UKH policy wins and Government pledges, according to Kate Nicholls.

Speaking at UKHospitality’s annual Christmas Lunch in front of 1,200 industry leaders, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls highlighted the Association’s successes and welcomed Government commitment to supporting the sector.

Nicholls said: “This year, we have achieved the ambitions we set out at last year’s Christmas Lunch, and more besides. We have a new Government elected on a manifesto that answered our key asks for hospitality: reform of business rates, support for high street hospitality, a cut in employment taxes and reform of NICs.

“The Government is promising action to tackle digital disrupters and a modern, fair and controlled three-tier immigration system for all skill levels. This is what UKHospitality called for and it is what our sector needs.

“This year, we have secured some significant wins, saving the sector billions of pounds in avoiding considerable additional costs that would otherwise have hit businesses had Ministers not heard our message. Next year, we can expect support from a regime which will promote productivity and incentivises investment in people and property; along with an industrial strategy which puts hospitality front and centre in the drive for growth.

“Thank you for your continued support this year and your help supporting our fantastic sector.”


Notes to editors

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  • UKHospitality is the trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA)
  • UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, operating around 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 3.2 million people
  • The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators
  • For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions
  • Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented
  • The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £39bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services
  • Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP
  • Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined

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